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Journal of Business Ethics Education

Volume 11, 2014

Richard S. Simmons
Pages 179-198
DOI: 10.5840/jbee2014119

Integrating Ethics into an Undergraduate Tax Planning Course at a University in Hong Kong

Recent scandals involving accounting firms raise serious concerns about ethical attitudes in the provision of professional tax services. Enhancing the ethics education of prospective tax professionals presents a means through which this situation can be improved. In order to promote such educational development, this study describes the infusion of an ethics intervention in a tax planning course at a university in Hong Kong. Also, the findings of an exploratory survey into the effect of the course on student attitudes towards the ethicality of tax avoidance and evasion are reported. The findings show that student attitudes towards the ethicality of tax avoidance, but not towards tax evasion, became more critical following the course. Several opportunities for future research are proposed.